1968 United States presidential election in Tennessee

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1968 United States presidential election in Tennessee

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Nominee Richard Nixon George Wallace Hubert Humphrey
Party Republican American Independent Democratic
Home state New York[1] Alabama Minnesota
Running mate Spiro Agnew Curtis LeMay Edmund Muskie
Electoral vote 11 0 0
Popular vote 472,592 424,792 351,233
Percentage 37.9% 34.0% 28.1%

Tennessee Presidential Election Results 1968.svg
County Results

President before election

Lyndon B. Johnson

Elected President

Richard Nixon

The 1968 United States presidential election in Tennessee took place on November 5, 1968. All 50 states and the District of Columbia were part of the 1968 United States presidential election. Tennessee voters chose eleven electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Tennessee voted more or less equally for the candidates, resulting in Republican candidate Richard Nixon of New York and his running mate Governor Spiro Agnew of Maryland receiving a plurality of the votes as opposed to a majority.

Nixon carried Tennessee with 37.85% of the vote to American Independent Party candidate George Wallace’s 34.02% and Democratic candidate Hubert Humphrey's 28.13%, a victory margin of 3.87%. Nixon's victory was due to his large margins in traditionally Republican East Tennessee, while Wallace and Humphrey basically split Middle Tennessee and West Tennessee;[2][3] as of 2018, this is the last election in which Hamilton County did not support the Republican candidate.


United States presidential election in Tennessee, 1968[2][3]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Republican Richard Nixon 472,592 37.85% 11
American Independent Party George Wallace 424,792 34.02% 0
Democratic Hubert Humphrey 351,233 28.13% 0
Write-ins Write-ins 10 0.00% 0
Totals 1,248,617 100.00% 11
Voter turnout -


  1. ^ Although he was born in California and he served as a U.S. Senator from California, in 1968 Richard Nixon's official state of residence was New York, because he moved there to practice law after his defeat in the 1962 California gubernatorial election. During his first term as president, Nixon re-established his residency in California. Consequently, most reliable reference books list Nixon's home state as New York in the 1968 election and his home state as California in the 1972 (and 1960) election.
  2. ^ a b "1968 Presidential General Election Results - Tennessee". Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections. Retrieved 2016-08-25.
  3. ^ a b Woolley, John; Peters, Gehard. "1968 Presidential Election". The American Presidency Project. University of California, Santa Barbara. Retrieved 26 August 2016.